As the director of Germantown High School’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Wall of Sound, and Jazz Ensemble, I help student musicians refine their skills through music that’s challenging, rewarding, interesting, and enjoyable to play. At Germantown High School, I am the advisor of Tri-M National Music Honor Society and the Ski Club.
Being a part of students’ musical development and helping prepare them for life beyond GHS has been a great joy of teaching teenagers. As important as it is for students to reach their potential as a musician, perhaps my greater role is to impart the life lessons that are so inherent in being a part of band. The value of practice, patience, dedication, and teamwork, and the thrill of being part of something larger than one’s self, are woven into each lesson and performance. It’s my hope that when students move on to wherever their lives will take them, their band experience serves as a creative, positive force that provided friendships, inclusion, and personal enrichment.
Music has been a constant in my life. I have a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Before beginning my Germantown teaching career in 2000, I taught in Iowa public schools and Milwaukee-area private schools. In 1998, I started the band program at Messmer High School.
A tuba player at heart, I perform in a variety of groups throughout Southeast Wisconsin. My wife, Amy (flute), and I have two sons, Matthew (horn) and Christopher (trombone). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, and biking, as well as going to museums and Milwaukee Bucks basketball games. We are also active in Boy Scouts.